/// Disney, Time Warner Confident About NBA Prospects

August 7, 2013  |  Media Week

While rival networks may be licking their chops in anticipation of trying to wrest away the media rights to the NBA, both legacy partners said they are confident that they’ll renew their respective contracts with the league. Speaking to investors during his company’s fiscal year Q3 earnings call, Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger said the NBA is a cornerstone of the ESPN lineup. “It’s certainly a priority of ESPN to extend their relationship with the league,” Iger said. “I think the league would believe that it would beneficial for them as well to stay on ESPN which is a very, very important platform for them.” ESPN has had an active contract with the NBA since 2002. Its current deal, which runs through the 2015-16 season, is valued at $485 million per year. “I don’t want to sound in any way as though we’re complacent, but I think it would be safe to assume that we’re reasonably confident that we will be able to extend that relationship,” Iger said. He went on to insist that he was not about to make any predictions on how much a new deal might cost Disney; nor would he speculate about what ESPN might do if the asking price is “substantially above what we expect.” Along with college football and its Monday Night Football

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